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Screening of Digital Stories in Donegal

28/05/2014 Screening of Digital Stories in Donegal

A screening of Digital Stories by local groups will be launched in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, on Friday 30th May at 7.30pm and people are invited to come along and see a collection of unique stories. The stories, created by people who use the services of RehabCare Resource Centre in Lifford and the Garden Centre in St, Conal’s Hospital, Letterkenny under the guidance of Kevin Mc Monage. The project which began last year was supported by a number of agencies including Donegal Education and Training Board, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, and the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny with each agency playing an integral part of an overall process.

The stories tell of events, adventures and places in the lives of the story tellers, they reflect their rich and complex lives and are told in ways that will both challenge and entertain the audience. Using their own script and voice combined with music, photography, animation and video, these short films illuminate what is more often hidden and can only but deepen our understanding. The process was an exciting and challenging one for all involved, service users were asked to literally go outside of their comfort zones and to imaging new levels of achievement.

Everyone has a story and storytelling has been a human trait since we arose on two feet. We have left our stories wherever we have lived, on mountain sides, on the walls of caves, in the spoken word through myth and song and rhyme. With the advent of information technology a new, innovative and accessible way of stroy telling has emerged in the form of Digital Stories. Digital stories are short personal multimedia tales told from the heart, they put the story teller in the centre process and have the potential to be a very democratic form of storytelling.

Kevin McMonagle, facilitator, said “The digital stories project was transformational for all involved.  Creating these autobiographical shorts allowed us to reflect on the core events in our lives and we all gained insights into ourselves in the process”.

The project which began last year was supported by a number of agencies including Donegal Education and Training Board, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, and the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny with each agency playing an integral part of an overall process.

 

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